Data collection is based on what we ask, what is of interest to us, and what we deem to be important and worthy of knowing. This is all determined by who we are, where we sit, what we value, and how we see the world. "Our biases remove our ability to be neutral, and we can't claim that what we collect is representative of the full truth (or even the most important truth)."
I spent an hour with Norma Altshuler and Sarah Lucas, two Program Officers in the Global Development and Population program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to learn how they see philanthropy’s role in the global development space, especially in advancing government use of data and evidence to create better policies.
Drawdown illustrates that there is no shortage of solutions. Through the work of Project Drawdown, people are seeing possibility come into focus, then committing to make it reality.
While a necessary component of a funder-grantee relationship, reporting typically engenders about as much excitement as a cupful of cod liver oil. Just hold your nose for a few seconds (or in this case, a few months or more), swallow, and it will be over.
Grants managers are perfectly positioned to help their foundations use data more effectively for decision making. I've found that taking initiative on this front has allowed me to contribute more meaningfully to the big-picture work we are doing and provide a valuable service to colleagues, board, and grantees along the way.